Sunday, September 26, 2010

Arkansas Red and White Corn - SOLD

"Arkansas Red and White"

5.5" x 7.5" Oil on linen panel.
sold

A high school friend ( Dan Alexander) now living in South Georgia grows this rare Arkansas corn as a hobby. Some ears are red and some white and he grinds it at a local mill to make his own corn meal and grits. I hear that these grits are the best one's ever tasted and I can't wait to get my shipment in the mail soon.

He mailed me some of the dried ears to paint and I must say that I put off the task, thinking the corn was going to be a challenge. I tried to reach a happy medium between super realism and suggestive representation which wasn't so hard after all. The color of this corn is amazing. The original painting is closer than a photo can capture, with the corn being a deep alizarin crimson.

5 comments:

Carol Blackburn said...

This is beautifully done, Marilyn. I've never seen corn like that before.

Dana Cooper said...

Ah Marilyn, another lovely still life! It's funny to me how very different our lives are in many ways...I've never had grits, couldn't even tell you what they are...must be good however...you are getting some in the mail!

Dean H. said...

Love how you arranged the elements within your composition! Super color.

n. rhodes harper said...

wonderful composition and story!

Virginia Floyd said...

This is a beautiful composition. The reflections in copper are really well done.